Book Review & Excerpt: Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye

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It is hard to believe that this is the sixth and final Installment of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series.  I  have loved each of these books through and through.  The entire series is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  In Hard to Let Go, we finally get the answers we have so desperately wanted from the beginning.

Beckett Murda is a last single man standing of his Special Forces team.  All the other guys have paired up with the loves of their lives as they are making their way through the conspiracy that brought down his team in a cloud of disgrace.  Beckett is single for a reason.  He is alive after their ambush but not really living. He is dealing with scars that run deeper than his time in Afghanistan.  His past dictates his present behaviors and the way he treats everyone around him.  But that all changes when he meets Kat Rixey.

Kat, sister to Nick and Jeremy, is an feisty, independent, take no prisoners female lead that goes head to head with Beckett.  She is an attorney for the Justice department that believes wholeheartedly in justice and is loyal to her family and friends.  She is willing to help them with their investigation although it might compromise everything she has worked for in her career.

She is definitely attracted to Beckett but can’t get a read on him.  Sometimes he is  downright sweet to her and other times he reminds her of all the other losers she has dated.  But just like Beckett, Kat has secrets that begin to rear their ugly head.  Beckett finds solace in Kat and for once thinks that she might be something worth fighting for.  Their chemistry and passion are through the roof.

Laura Kaye knows how to write action packed romantic suspense with tons of simmering sex scenes.  It is why I come back to her time and again.  I can’t wait for her spin off series with the MC gang we meet in the Hard Ink series.  I am strangely sad to see this series end because I would like to visit these guys again and again.  Maybe we will get lucky and these boys will show up in the new series!  I highly recommend this book and the entire series!  Pick them up, you will be hooked from Chapter 1!

5 Stars for the finale of one of my favorite series!



When Beckett finally withdrew from her, Kat missed him everywhere. His heat. His hold. His body inside hers. But he gently turned her, then grabbed some napkins from the supplies. Kat cleaned herself up and they quietly reassembled themselves. All the while, she hoped like hell that things wouldn’t go from awesome to weird as they had before.

Expression serious, Beckett took her hands in his.

And Kat’s heart fell to the floor. Here it comes again. She could already hear him saying that this was a mistake—

“I don’t want to hide us anymore,” he said.

Wait. What? “You … what?” His words were so unexpected, she half felt like she’d just walked, cartoonlike, into a pole she hadn’t known was there.

“I don’t know what we might be, Kat, but I know what I want us not to be. I don’t want us to be some dirty little secret. And I don’t want us to pretend around everyone else that we don’t care. And I don’t want us to just be quickies in a sniper’s roost.” Those bright blue eyes absolutely blazed at her.

Kat’s head spun. Not because she didn’t like the sound of what he was saying, but because she was gobsmacked that he was the one saying it. Mostly, she’d contented herself with thinking quickies in a sniper’s roost were all they’d ever be, no matter how much her heart found deeper, sweeter things to like about the man.

“I won’t say anything if you don’t want me to, though,” he said, brow furrowing and shoulders sagging. Just the littlest bit.

But it was enough to make her realize she hadn’t responded adequately, or, like, at all. “No, no. I’m sorry. I’m just surprised. But I’d like not hiding, too. At first, well, I wasn’t sure …” She shrugged. “But there’s clearly something here, Beckett. And I’d like to know what it might be without feeling like we’re doing something wrong.”

“Exactly,” he said, hope filling his eyes. And God if that didn’t make them even prettier.

She smiled as butterflies whipped through her belly. Kinda ridiculous, given that she was a twenty-nine-year-old woman, but the feeling was there all the same. “So, uh, what were you thinking? And, oh, by the way, I’m pretty sure Jeremy might’ve guessed something’s going on already.”

“Yeah, I caught that. Marz, too, by the way.”

“Damn, they’re good.” Kat chuckled.

“Or just giant busybodies.”

Grinning, Kat nodded. “They could be that, too.”

Beckett cupped his big hand around Kat’s face. “The first thing I’d like to do is talk to your brother.” Kat couldn’t hold back the groan that spilled out of her, and it made Beckett chuckle. “Trust me, I’m not looking forward to that conversation either. But Nick’s one of my best friends and my teammate. If he doesn’t hear it from me, he’s gonna be pissed. Or more pissed, as the case may be.”

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Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.


Praise for HARD TO LET GO:

“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A super sexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“TOP PICK! Kaye brings her Hard Ink series to a spectacular conclusion that successfully wraps up the overarching mystery and brings closure to her compelling characters. Kaye really nails it with this awesome book and series!” ~RT Book Reviews

“HARD TO LET GO will blow you away! Anyone who has been following Laura Kaye’s fantastic Hard Ink series will expect something great for the last book in the series, and to say HARD TO LET GO does not disappoint would be the understatement of the year! Ms. Kaye writes sex scenes like it’s nobody’s business, and the blistering chemistry between Kat and Becket will leave you panting and begging for more! If you expected world-class action in HARD TO LET GO, think again and multiply that by ten! HARD TO LET GO has to be the most explosive conclusion to a series ever! Do not miss it at any cost!” ~Fresh Fiction


And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard as It gets


Hard as You Can


Hard To Hold On To


Hard To Come By Cover


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Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine



Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.





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How did we figure out Colton needed glasses?

As I lay here incapacitated from a stomach bug, (yep, I’m the mom that gets everything and I mean everything whenever any of my children get sick), I was thinking about my kiddos last week of school and all the conversations I had with other parents out on the playground.  One in particular stuck in my mind and I decided it might be worth a blog post.  So here goes….

This is the tale of how John and I clued into our oldest minion Colton needing glasses.  More than a handful of parents, friends, and family have asked or are just plain curious as to what the tell tale signs are for eye problems for a young child.  I wish I had a profound list of things you should be looking for but that would be a lie.  `

Well, I would tell you that the first thing to look for is running into things such as walls.  No, I am not kidding.  I know from other parent’s whose children have glasses they watched in horror as their kiddos bounced off a wall here and there.  Kiddos that need glasses also have a hard time with distance perception and sometimes identifying objects both close up and far away.  Did we have these issues? Nope.

What did happen was Colton’s eye test at his 5 year old physical.  The nurse was quick to note that he was having some difficulty with his right eye.  She said it could be his age since they get nervous or quiet but she noted in his chart he had a hard time at his 4 year old appointment.  Of course, they told us at his 4 year old check up to take him to the eye doc.  Did we?  No.  Parent fail. Being the great parents we are, we said ok and pushed it to the back of our to-do list and it never surfaced.  Honestly, Colton never seemed to have any problems at all with his eyes.  So after his 5 year appointment and being slightly embarrassed, we vowed to move it to the front of our to-do list.

So a week goes by and the weekend begins, no appointment made for the eye doc but we head down to the pumpkin patch (an annual event).  One of the activities at the pumpkin patch includes shooting paint balls at various sizes of pumpkins at different depths and heights.  No judgement, please.  I’m from North Carolina and what can I say, we enjoy shooting things!  Yes, we let Colton shoot guns.  He and his brother have more Nerf guns then we can count.  Colton also has his on BB gun courtesy of his Papaw.  He loves it!  Do we believe in gun control and gun safety?  Absolutely.  His parents and papaw have lectured him and showed him the proper way to handle guns and we will continue to teach him as he ages.  But I digress….

Colton wanted to shoot at the pumpkins and we obliged.   Once the paint balls were loaded and John helped Colton into position, he aimed to take his first shot and both John and I noticed that he was sighting with his left eye.  Well that is just plain weird and awkward looking.  It happened again and again.  John and I just stood back and watched and then looked over at each other.  No words were spoken but we knew we had a problem.  We covered his eye and he stated clearly, “I can’t see, Mom.  It’s blurry.”  Once again, John and I figured we deserved a large trophy for parents of the year!  But you hear these stories all the time, right?!  We all love our children and want what is best for them but they tend to milk us like cows more so than their teachers, caregivers and grandparents.  They push our buttons like no one else and they know they can.  So sometimes we think they are crying wolf.  Well, not in Colton’s case.  It was a complete fluke that we figured out he needed glasses but we should have listened to the medical professionals first thing.

Yep, I would say this isn’t the usual story of figuring out how your kid might need glasses but it is our story and personally, I thought it was a bit funny.  We quickly went to the eye doc and he needed glasses for just his right eye.  To help combat the problem, he wears a pirate patch on his good eye to strengthen the bad eye every day.  He has been a super trooper about the whole thing although sometimes I get the whiny why do I have to wear a pirate patch.  The alternative is dilating his eye with eye drops so that the weak eye has to work longer.  Unfortunately, the dilation lasts a long time and Colton isn’t fond of going to school with a fish eye.  Other than that little problems, the glasses were a big hit at school.  I was worried that it would be a pain for him to keep up with and he wouldn’t like being different from the other kids.  Neither was a problem.  Most of his friends wanted glasses too and even wore sunglasses to look like him.


This was just a few weeks after we found out at Halloween.

I can even tell you he has only broken one pair.  I was surprised because he and his brother are a bit rough…and so are his friends.  There is a great deal of wrestling everywhere!  The glasses have survived and over time his eye is improving.  We shall see what the future holds for Colton and his glasses!


This is just a few days ago and we are still hanging in there with these glasses and missing a few teeth too!

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